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Utah forecast: Winter storm warning for northern half of state

Published December 17, 2012 10:35 am

Snow • Half a foot or more in valleys, near two feet in the mountains
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Storms were expected to blanket much of Utah with up to half a foot of snow in northern Utah's valleys and depths of two feet or more in the mountains by late Tuesday night.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning, beginning 6 p.m. Monday and running through 9 a.m. Wednesday, for the northern half of portions of eastern Utah. The warning area extended from Logan in the north to Wendover in the west and Vernal in the east, and running south through Salt Lake and Utah counties to just north of Nephi.

High temperatures Tuesday along the Wasatch Front were expected to range into the low-30s, while overnight lows were to hover in the mid- to high-20s.

Forecasters also issued a winter storm watch for the areas around Delta, Manti, Cedar City, northern Washington County, Escalante and southeastern Utah's Monticello. Snow was expected to begin falling early Tuesday morning with up to 8 inches expected by late Tuesday night.

High temperatures for southern Utah Tuesday were expected to be in the mid- to upper-40s with overnight lows in the low-20s.

The Utah Avalanche Center predicted "high" risk for dangerous snow slides in the Uintas on Tuesday, with "considerable" grades being given to the mountains of the Logan, Provo, Ogden and Salt Lake City areas.

"Green," or healthy grades were in place for all areas of Utah, according to the Utah Division of Air Quality.

Salt Lake City's high Tuesday was pegged at 32, down sharply from Monday's forecast for 43 degrees; Ogden looked for 31 and 42 degrees, respectively; Provo 32 and 44; Logan 26 and 38; Wendover 28 and 43; Duchesne 31 and 41; Cedar City 38 and 41; St. George 50 and 49; and Moab 44 degrees both days.

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